1991 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight Touring Sedan Test Drive

Posted on 25. Jan, 2012 by in Oldsmobile, Test Drives

For 1991 Oldsmobile’s Ninety-Eight was dramatically redesigned. It went from having an ultra-conservative, formal design (which I was a big fan of), to an edgy, look-how-different-I-am appearance.
Let’s take a look at some of the steps stylists took during the model’s transformation
From introvert to attention getter
I remember when I was young, wondering about how odd it would be to speak of Oldsmobile’s 88 and 98 models in reference to their corresponding years.

“I drive a ’98 Ninety-Eight.” Or how about, “I drive a ’97 Ninety-Eight”? Well, the awkward phrase was never a problem because the Ninety-Eight model didn’t survive past 1996. What did seem odd, however, is the extroverted design Oldsmobile bestowed their top model with for its eleventh generation.

I personally thought that Oldsmobile’s tenth-generation (the 1985 through 1990) Ninety-Eight was the best looking of its sister C-cars, Buick’s Park Avenue and Cadillac’s De Ville/Fleetwood.

It’s not that I think the 1991 Ninety-Eight is ugly or even unattractive, I just think it wasn’t a stylistic improvement over the outgoing model and betrays an apparent behind-the-scenes priority of visual distinction over best design. Regardless, the 1991 model has some very interesting design cues.

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4 Responses to “1991 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight Touring Sedan Test Drive”

  1. JEFF ROBERTSON

    07. Mar, 2012

    AWESOME RARE 1991 OLDSMOBILE 98 LUXURY 1 OF 8 CONTENDERS FOR MOTOR TREND ’91 CAR OF THE YEAR BASED OF CHEVROLET CAPRICE CLASSIC,BUICK PARK AVENUE AND PONTIAC BONNEVILLE

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    • admin

      08. Mar, 2012

      caprice was rear drive, not the basis for the 98. The caprice however won!

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  2. autosofinterest

    28. Jun, 2012

    Thanks for the citation TDJ! This video is a great compliment to my write up. I got a kick out of the host’s mention of “over 50 similar switches” on the dash.

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    • admin

      28. Jun, 2012

      Absolutely! my pleasure! I am a big fan of your site! Keep it up!

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